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Tales of Brunswick Square: Bloomsbury's Untold Past
Local historian Ricci de Freitas, also the driving force behind the Marchmont Association, has written a new book about the untold history of Brunswick Square.It is on sale for £19.95 from Skoob Books, 66 The Brunswick (off Marchmont Street), WC1N 1AE, Judd Books, 82 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AG and the Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre, Holborn Library, Theobald’s Road. The book was officially launched by the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Lazzaro Pietragnoli in the presence of The Rt Hon Frank Dobson MP at the wonderful Foundling Museum at 40 Brunswick Square on 20th October.
The ‘Tales’ tells the stories of the famous and not so famous former residents of the square and the organisations and events which have helped shape its history since 1792. Two former residents also provide their personal memories of living in the Georgian houses which were demolished to make way for the Brunswick in the 1960s.
The ‘Tales’ is lavishly illustrated throughout, as you would expect from the author of the ‘The Story of Marchmont Street – Bloomsbury’s original high street’, with many fascinating images never having been published before. This is also the first complete history of a Bloomsbury Square to have been written since 1929.
The Marchmont Association is grateful to so many individuals and organisations for their help and co-operation in bringing to fruition this important work of social history. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to support the on-going work of the Marchmont Association and the Friends of Brunswick Square to improve the local area for the benefit of all.